Mental Health located in Hainesport, NJ


Schizophrenia is a severe mental health condition that profoundly influences a person's thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. With extensive experience treating schizophrenia, Henrietta Udeh, MSN, PMHNP-BC, Eronmwon Balogun, MSN, PMHNP-BC, and their experienced behavioral health team develop personalized treatment strategies at Reflections Behavioral Health, LLC, in Hainesport, New Jersey. Call the mental health clinic today or schedule an appointment online to book an office or telehealth visit.

Schizophrenia Q & A

What is schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a complex mental health disorder that significantly affects a person's thinking, emotions, and behavior. It causes severe symptoms, like delusions and hallucinations, which make it challenging to distinguish between reality and their altered perceptions.

The unpredictable nature of schizophrenia can affect a person’s ability to work, attend school, and live independently. Structured treatment is essential to help manage symptoms, improve functioning, and enhance overall quality of life. 

Reflections Behavioral Health’s multidisciplinary approach helps to foster skills that support independent living and successful integration into society.

When does schizophrenia usually develop?

While there’s no set timeline, schizophrenia symptoms usually appear between the mid-20s and 30s. Professionals consider the condition early-onset schizophrenia if signs develop before 18, and it’s rare for symptoms to affect people aged 13 or younger. Early detection, diagnosis, and intervention are crucial in managing schizophrenia and improving outcomes for those affected.

What are the early signs of schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia symptoms can vary by age group. Children and teens frequently experience depression, social withdrawal, and isolation, while adults may see a shift in personal hygiene, concentration, and energy levels. Schizophrenia is not a one-size-fits-all disorder, making a personalized approach essential to manage the condition.

Early signs of schizophrenia include:

  • Social isolation
  • Deteriorating academic or work performance
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Unusual behavior
  • Emotional disturbances
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Paranoia
  • Unusual speech patterns
  • Lack of personal hygiene
  • Hallucinations or delusions

Without treatment, schizophrenia symptoms tend to worsen. An effective treatment plan can help regulate mood, behavior, and overall functioning.

Who is at risk of schizophrenia?

While anybody can develop schizophrenia, certain risk factors include:

  • Family history of schizophrenia
  • Genetic factors
  • Prenatal and birth complications
  • Neurochemical imbalances, particularly dopamine
  • Structural and functional brain abnormalities
  • Substance abuse, especially during adolescence
  • Exposure to chronic stress, trauma, or adverse life events
  • Male gender
  • Urban environment during childhood or adolescence

If you or someone you love displays signs of schizophrenia and has any of these risk factors, a complete psychiatric evaluation is essential to diagnose the condition.

What are the treatments for schizophrenia?

Reflections Behavioral Health, LLC, provides personalized treatments for schizophrenia that may include:

  • Antipsychotic medications
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Psychosocial therapy
  • Community support and rehabilitation
  • Telehealth check-ins
  • Support groups
  • Regular monitoring
  • Lifestyle changes

The team can help minimize schizophrenia’s impact on your daily life with targeted treatments. Call Reflections Behavioral Health, LLC, today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.